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#11 Bride2Be21

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    Posted 16 June 2010 - 08:41 AM

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    Originally Posted by Smidge
    The Fairmont Mayakoba is not inexpensive, but it was a good values for the quality of the service, food, and the resort itself. Don't be put off by room rates you may see online. Contact their event planners and see what you get. Your block rate for your guests will be reduced.

    Our guests were very happy with our selection. The food was fantastic, and you don't always get that with an AI. Keep in mind, however, that with an AI, your guests usually pay for their reception meal in their room rate. At a resort that is not all inclusive, you will host the dinner.
    Thank you for this information!

    #12 Ellabaja1983

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      Posted 16 June 2010 - 10:00 AM

      Hello and welcome to this great forum! Sounds like you have your choices narrowed down, which is ALWAYS helpful!!! We are staying at the Grand Palladium Kantenah, and I have heard great things about the Grand Palladium resort(s). MY MOH attended a wedding for another friend there a few years back so I'm excited for that!

      Happy Planning! You will find great information here! Congratulations!!
      Married the love of my life in April!!

      #13 Marifer

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        Posted 22 June 2010 - 08:17 PM

        congratulations! dw are fun! different!

        great choice! if you need me, ask me. i will have my wedding on the 25 th october and have been through a lot but it is easy now!
        Love is in the air! :

        #14 babestaaa

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          Posted 22 June 2010 - 10:58 PM

          Congrads, I got proposed to 8 days after you I've been searching like mad and I have the same concerns as you. We're right now thinking Riviera Maya (we enjoy mexico) but didn't want it in the cancun area, where it is a bit more crowded. Mexico seemed more carefree and affordable than Europe were we originally were considering, even then still might be an option. For now..it's a favorable choice to go with the Now Sapphire. I really enjoy it how its on the private beach then reception following on the deck. Plus most of my family is traveling from Portugal and the language barrier won't be too crazy. Italy is still in the back of my mind, so who knows?! :) Gluck!

          #15 Bride2Be21

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            Posted 23 June 2010 - 10:33 AM

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            Congrads, I got proposed to 8 days after you I've been searching like mad and I have the same concerns as you. We're right now thinking Riviera Maya (we enjoy mexico) but didn't want it in the cancun area, where it is a bit more crowded. Mexico seemed more carefree and affordable than Europe were we originally were considering, even then still might be an option. For now..it's a favorable choice to go with the Now Sapphire. I really enjoy it how its on the private beach then reception following on the deck. Plus most of my family is traveling from Portugal and the language barrier won't be too crazy. Italy is still in the back of my mind, so who knows?! :) Gluck!
            Have you been there in person? This is number 2 on my list. Im having trouble getting in touch with the WC in our number 1 choice....

            #16 Sam2012

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              Posted 23 June 2010 - 12:36 PM

              Hi, We have decided to have our wedding at Secrets Capri Resort. We have vacationed there before and it is beautiful! All inclusive of course! Do you ladies know of anyone who has been married at Secrets Capri?

              #17 amybermuda

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                Posted 23 June 2010 - 01:08 PM

                My recommendation is to make up a list of must haves. You should have 4-5 things you really want - like close to a major airport, cost, allows kids, has a chapel or private wedding setting, has an adult only sections, is AI, etc . Then find 2 good travel agents and have them give you recommendations on places to stay and price out 3, 4, and 7 nights at the hotels. I found the resort first, and while I LOVED the Azul Beach, I wish I would have kept my eyes open to other places, especially if they would have been cheaper for my guests - or had gotten me better deals on my wedding package.

                Good luck!

                #18 babestaaa

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                  Posted 24 June 2010 - 04:26 PM

                  Quote:
                  Originally Posted by amybermuda
                  My recommendation is to make up a list of must haves. You should have 4-5 things you really want - like close to a major airport, cost, allows kids, has a chapel or private wedding setting, has an adult only sections, is AI, etc . Then find 2 good travel agents and have them give you recommendations on places to stay and price out 3, 4, and 7 nights at the hotels. I found the resort first, and while I LOVED the Azul Beach, I wish I would have kept my eyes open to other places, especially if they would have been cheaper for my guests - or had gotten me better deals on my wedding package.

                  Good luck!
                  Great suggestion! I have a few in mind we have to check out. But my must have's are affordability, amenities, all-inclusive, allows kids and preferably private ceremony/beach wedding.

                  #19 Smidge

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                    Posted 25 June 2010 - 08:31 AM

                    Don't be put off by online room rates. Your guests will receive a reduced rate as part of the block reserved for your wedding.

                    #20 Sapphire723

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                      Posted 25 June 2010 - 08:53 AM

                      I LOVE AMResorts (Dreams, Sunscape, NOW, Secrets, and Zoetry are all a part of this chain).

                      We've been to Dreams Tulum in the Riviera Maya. Unfortunately it was a bit too much for our guests, plus the per plate fees for food can really add up.

                      We've also been to Sunscape Casa Del Mar (which is now Dreams La Romana) in the DR. Way more affordable when it was a Sunscape, but AMResorts has done away with this brand (it was their cheapest line) and upgraded their resorts.

                      And we went to Secrets Wild Orchid in Montego Bay, Jamaica recently.... AMAZING! And it just opened so it will only get better!


                      If you can swing Dreams, I'd say go for it, because I love the chain so much. However, we're doing Gran Bahia Principe in the Riviera Maya, because it would be more affordable for our guests and for us.




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